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Justice & Peace

Restorative Justice Workshops Series

Sisters hold up black and white signs saying Being in Communion Against Racism in front of the old St. Louis CourthouseIn June 2020, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph put out a statement on racism and a commitment to direct action. As part of this commitment, the U.S. Federation will be hosting a four-part series on restorative justice, its relationship to the Charism, and how we can more fully incorporate restorative justice into our daily lives and ministries.

Workshops will begin September 2020, and will run monthly until December 2020. The first workshop will be an overview of restorative justice and its relationship to the CSSJ Charism. Future workshops will focus on racism, practitioners of restorative justice, and more. We will also offer resources for communities to engage in questions about restorative justice in-between the workshops.

These workshops are open to all under the Federation, including but not limited to our associates, agregees, St. Joseph Worker community, partners in mission, the Family of Joseph, ACSSJ, employees, and all those who share the CSSJ charism. Please share abundantly.

These workshops will be made available for free to students, the St. Joseph Worker community, and U.S. Federation members. For those who are financially able and aren't from the above groups, we are asking for a small suggested donation for each workshop. All funds will be used to upgrade our zoom technology, to pay our speakers, and for any future U.S. Federation programming.


Upcoming Workshops

December Workshop: Restorative Justice with Sr. Helen Prejean

On Tuesday, December 15 at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/5 pm PT, Sr. Helen Prejean will join us in a conversation about restorative justice in her life and in her ministry. 


Previous Workshops

September Workshop: Restorative Justice and the CSSJ Charism

On Thursday, September 24 at 3 pm ET, we had our first restorative justice workshop. In this first session we discussed the philosophy, principles and practices of restorative justice. We also discussed the intersection of the CSSJ charism and restorative justice values. 

Speakers: Caitlin Morneau (Catholic Mobilizing Network) and Sr. Rose McLarney (Carondelet-St. Louis)

Moderated By: Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy (Catholic Mobilizing Network)


October Workshop: Racism and Restorative Justice in Catholic Institutions

On Saturday, October 10 we held our second restorative justice workshop. Dr. Shannen Dee Williams (Villanova University) and Sr. Melinda Pellerin (Springfield) discussed racism within Catholic institutions, historical truth telling, and practical reparations necessary to move forward. This workshop discussed antiracism work within the Charism and attendees left with a concrete and historically informed plan of action.

Speakers: Dr. Shannen Dee Williams and Sr. Melinda Pellerin (Springfield)


November Workshop: Restorative Justice Practitioners

On Thursday, November 19 we held our third restorative justice workshop. People utilizing restorative justice in their lives and ministries gave short presentations on how they incorporate restorative justice principles. This was followed by a lively panel discussion where participants asked practical questions of our panelists, leaving with concrete ideas of how to incorporate these principles into our own lives.

Panelists: Jessica Cuevas (Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles), Emile DeWeaver (Prison Renaissance), Sean Horrigan (University of San Diego), Heather Thompson (DC Peace Team) 

Moderated by: Arica Maurer, Director of the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University


Restorative Justice Workshop Partners and Sponsors:

A huge thank you to our partners and sponsors. Through their generous support we are able to offer these programs at a low-to-no cost. If you are interested in sponsoring this programming, you can learn more here or email us at

Logo with green lace behind the green words Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Avila University and Be Inspired in purple

Catholic Mobilizing Network logo

Mount St. Mary's University in purple writing and Los Angeles in Gold

St. Catherine University logo in purple with a circular stain glass window

The words Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden in a teal color.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Los Angeles Logo with the title in purple. Also a purple cross with the three sections of the cross filled in in teal

St. Joseph Worker Program logo of a blue cross with swirls at the end